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The coach and his staff seemed pretty confident of his players' fitness, praising their dedication in the off-season, wants youth on the pitch, not the bench...

East Bengal coach Armando Colaco, who conducted East Bengal’s first training session on the new season, expressed his belief that youngsters should be given a chance to impress and that there would be no better chance to do so than the Calcutta Football League (CFL).

“No matter what, I’ll ensure only juniors play in the CFL. Look, we need to encourage the junior players. You can’t just keep looking at the Ranti Martins and (Harmanjyot Singh) Khabras. People have to be patient - the players, club officials and everyone.

“These juniors are the future of the club. So, you can’t just keep on having them confined to the reserve bench,” stated Colaco to The Telegraph.

The Red and Golds’ first day back to camp seems to have pleased all of the staff, especially Colaco who commented on the fitness of the players. “Most of the players, barring some seniors who are ageing, seem to be in good shape. It seems most of them have worked during the off-season.”

Meanwhile, Kolkata rivals Mohun Bagan, will take on the  Royal University team of Bhutan, in a warm up match before their CFL campaign officially kicks-off on  5th August.  

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